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Esse | organic skin care for aging skin

by | Aug 18, 2022 | Clean Beauty, Things we love | 63 comments

*This post is not sponsored. I was gifted an Esse 30-Day Rewilding set and wanted to share more about my experience.

Confession time… I suck at maintaining a good skincare regime. I go through “good seasons” when I do all the things I’m supposed to but then life gets busy and I get lazy! And if budget cuts are needed… my creams and lotions are the first to go. Add how tricky it can be to find legitimate organic skin care for aging skin, and it all simply feels like too much of a hassle!

Clean skincare products

So here’s what I’m looking for…

  • Products that WORK: Once 35 hits everything starts to sag. All those years of neglect and sun damage seem to appear overnight. I need products that can prevent further damage while also repairing. I would however like to keep my face, my age (if that makes sense).
  • A routine that fits into a mama-of-3’s lifestyle and budget: I also don’t have Kim K’s beauty budget. A few quick, easy and effective basics need to do the trick. That being said, I will spend on products that deliver and last a reasonable amount of time.
  • Certified organic skin care products: Even though I have a good idea of which ingredients to avoid (see the list below) it’s not always easy spotting them when browsing the beauty shelves. A lot of brands don’t show the complete list. And with so much “greenwashing” going on, I’m relying on experts such as Ecocert to help guide my choices.
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  • Being Cruelty-free should be the standard and is non-negotiable.
  • Finding products that are Carbon- and Plastic-Neutral is a must: From manufacturer to consumer. We all need to do better when it comes to being responsible.
  • I’m looking for brands that adhere to Fair Trade standards. Far too often we take for ourselves without considering the consequences to others. By supporting fair trade products we can ensure nature stays intact, and its natural ingredients as potent as God-intended. Even more importantly, we’re supporting people in their local communities, helping them create a future for their families too.
  • Lastly, as always, we try to support local 1st!
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I know it’s a tall order but that’s exactly why I needed to write this blog post…

I’ve finally found organic skin care (for aging skin) that ticks all the boxes mentioned above!

*I mention “aging skin” simply because that’s MY main concern. Other skin concerns will however also benefit from these incredible products.

Introducing… ESSE!

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Truthfully, Esse has been my on-again-off-again skincare range of choice for years. I would be lured away by the pretty packaging and yummy scents only to realise that most of these didn’t work quite as effectively.

What makes Esse different from other “clean beauty” brands is the science and research behind the products. They reminded me of this when I received a 30-Day Rewilding gift set. I didn’t change a thing, other than only using the products provided and implementing the “rewilding tips” suggested by Esse. My before and after photos (3 weeks later) convinced me once again that Esse is the best!

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changes I noticed and can see in these photos include:
  • Overall even, smoother skin texture.
  • Less dryness and redness especially around my nose and lips.
  • Softer lines around my eyes.
  • Somehow the tone of my skin seemed richer too.
These are the products I used:
organic clean beauty and skin care in south africa
organic skin care products for aging skin

Why does Esse work so well?

Modern-day living and the increased use of industrial beauty products have disrupted our skin’s ecosystem. This leads to a rise in sensitivity and inflammatory skin conditions. Esse product ranges are scientifically formulated for all skin types – with prebiotics, probiotics and active ingredients to get our skin back to its best. The organic biotechnology used, together with well-researched “rewilding” techniques restores our microbiome.

Our microbiome is like a living armor on our skin that creates a barrier to protect us from pathogens and other adverse effects of our modern lifestyles. Keeping the microbiome “happy” with the help of probiotics and prebiotics restores our skin, making it healthier and younger looking. Keeping the ecosystem in balance ensures that our skin thrives.

How to boost your Microbiome, today!

3 “Rewilding tips” from Esse that anyone, using any skincare range can start implementing today include:

how to boost your microbiome

Now, would you like to try Esse for yourself?

I am giving away a 30-Day Esse Rewilding gift set worth R1000. The pack contains a month’s supply of 5 Sensitive Range products, designed to strengthen barrier function and support a healthier skin microbiome. This is a limited edition set and is only still available at selected Wellness Warehouse stores so entering is a must!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED | Congratulations Jessica Barnard!

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How to enter

  • Leave a comment HERE sharing a skin care secret/tip of your own.

And that’s how easy it is… You’re entered!

If you like, share this post with a friend or family member that may also enjoy trying Esse too. You can do so by clicking on the WhatsApp, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, email or Pinterest links at the bottom of this post.

No time to wait…

Wellness Warehouse always has the best selection and specials on Esse products so I prefer shopping with them but you can find a complete list of stockists HERE. The list even includes Nigeria, Namibia and Botswana.

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  1. Only entries via comments left below will be considered.
  2. Esse & Wellness Warehouse is in no way responsible for this giveaway.
  3. The competition is only open to South African residents residing in South Africa. 
  4. Winners must be 18+ years old.
  5. This competition closes on 31 August 2022.
  6.  The winner will be picked at random and announced via social media and on this blog post
  7. This prize is not exchangeable or refundable.
  8. Please enter valid email and contact info. If we can not get hold of you within 48 hours a new winner will be picked.
  9. The greatest care will be taken when mailing your prize but neither Just a Mamma nor Esse or Wellness Warehouse accept any responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged goods.

For more organic skin care for aging skin & other Clean beauty brands, CLICK HERE.

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  1. Shahana

    Vaseline is always handy- dry lips, red cheeks, fixing eyebrows, many uses.

    • Jade Schwarp

      Always use sunscreen!

  2. Annemie De Jager

    Wow! Mal hieroor. Ek soek al so lank na iets om te help met my vel se tekstuur, hierdie lyk na die perfekte oplossing!

    • Jade

      Thanks for the great read and I am excited to try the products! My tip would be to use good quality skin range products especially once you are 30 years and older

      • Marcia Loots

        Water water water.
        Drink baie water!!
        Maar die prys sal fantasties.

    • Kirstin Uys

      Been wanting to try out Esse skin care for the longest time. This prize would be amazing to win! Skin care tip, start using eye cream from and early age.

      • Sharleen Deacon

        I always dab a bit of eye cream around my lips at night.

      • Rachel van Rensburg

        Looks like a great range. My tip is use coconut oil to remove makeup. I have really sensitive skin and using coconut oil toe remove especially eye makeup has reduced redness, irritation and the puffiness I get from other makeup removers. Also it is natural and clean.

    • Marile Seyffert

      Dont forget to exfoliate your face! Most woman skip this. It helps to get rid of the dead cells. Virgin coconut oil helps alot for dry skin

  3. Annemie De Jager

    Ek is sommer opgewonde om hierdie reeks te probeer. My “tip” sal wees…sonblok, sonblok, sonblok! Selfs al is dit koud buite, selfs al gebruik jy niks anders nie, onthou altyd ‘n goeie sonblok vir jou gesig. Xx

    • Faith Jansen

      Thanks for sharing this amazing products with us. My skincare tip, always apply skincare products to damp skin.

      • Heather

        I would love to try Esse products. I am a 38 year old mum to 3 children and my skin definitely needs some tlc, I am ashamed to say that I don’t have a skin care routine in place. My best tip and the only thing I do daily is drink lots of water…..
        Please pick me x

    • Donné Miller

      Sunscreen is a must even if you use a moisturizer with SPF in it!

      • Kristi Fraser

        I have never and never will go to sleep with makeup on, also don’t wash your face with soap in the morning, just a light rinse to remove dust and sleep from eyes is enough.

      • Zaheera

        My tip is a good serum and sunblock. It’s so important whether is cold or hot.

    • Angelique

      Ah, great to hear about more clean (and accesible) skincare brands in sunny South Africa. The photos clearly show the difference 😍 One tip is that less is more with skincare – less weird ingredients in our products, scrub less often as we don’t want to cause inflammation etc, we don’t need 10 different products to use daily… find a few basic products that work really well.

      Lieflike post!

    • Michelle

      My most important skin care tip given to me, is to apply SPF EVERY SINGLE DAY!😊

  4. Jessica Barnard

    Sjoe ek wil die so graag probeer!! Jou vel lyk baie mooi 🙂 My tip is altyd sonskerm en ek is mal oor ‘n bietjie DIY gesig scrub elke nou en dag (bruin suiker, heuning en lemoen sap).

    • Mariette

      Would love to give it a try! Moisturizing is key!

    • Leischen Louw

      Wow! Your skin looks amazing Marie-Louise!
      I would looove to win this, so needed in my routine. My tip would be a good scrub once weekly and LOTS of sunblock for our South African skin xx

    • Jess Pearse

      Best skincare tip, water, water and more water. Oh and Lanisnoh nipple cream is phenomenal for dry lips.
      🙂 I would absolutely love to try these products.

    • Mari-Louise

      Fantastiese tips Jessica en baie geluk. Hoop jy geniet hierdie produkte sommer baie!

  5. Kristen Wentworth

    Thank you for your detailed post. I’m on the hunt for products like these to start taking care of my skin the way it should be.

    I’ve recently learnt that using high SPF creams should be avoided as they contain higher concentrations of chemical ingredients.

  6. Antoinette

    Always double cleanse (in the evening) first cleanse to get your make up off second cleanse to properly clean your face

  7. Claire Lawrence

    I always double cleanse at night when I’ve worn makeup the whole day. I use a oil cleanser first as it almost melts off my makeup and is super gentle on my skin. Wearing SPF has also been a game changer for me and is so important!

    • Nicola Ferreira

      Number 1 tip forever and always is SPF and always wash your face before bed! Love the ESSE range too!

  8. Lisa

    Thanks for the informative post! My skincare tip is to add more moisture in winter because of the dryness and to always wear sunscreen.

  9. Sameerah Nanabhay

    Make a face mask by mixing turmeric, honey and a little lemon juice and apply on face. This mask is great for pigmentation and just to brighten skin.

  10. Nienke

    Dankie vir so n interessante post oor Esse! Ek het n paar jaar terug daarvan gehoor toe iemand wat ek ken baie siek geword het en gesoek het vir maniere om onnodige chemikalië uit haar lewe te sny.
    My skincare tip is seker n obvious een, maar maak seker die kussingsloop waarop jy slaap is skoon😊

  11. Muazza Vawda

    I really need something to help with the dry skin problem I’m currently suffering beauty tip is lots of coconut oil for lush hair

    • Waheedah

      I actually don’t have a skin care routine and have been looking for one! The Esse products seem to be a favourite all round and hoping I can get to try it out!

  12. Heliza van der Bank

    Jou vel lyk so vars en gesond. My wenk is viseker om te kyk na jou “gut health” dit maak so groot impak in jou vel se gesondheid.

  13. Sam

    I’ve discovered how important a good face scrub is for exfoliation… That and learning to love some of the imperfections

  14. Laura Van Durme

    The only tip that I can give… stay out of the sun. It ages you so quickly!!!

    • Wendy Hall

      It looks like such amazing skin care products! I wish I could give my skin more time that it needs. It’s so important to keep up with skin care especially using SPF moisturizer.

  15. Claudia

    Ag tog! Ek suck ook as dit kom by velsorg…DIE produkte lyk net bloot super! N moet!! Ek hou duime vas ek wen!
    My tip…die enigste ding wat ek weet werk vir my nou…drink baaaaie water! My vel wys as die mamma leef op koffie en liefde. So water!!!

  16. Melize Koekemoer

    My mom taught me to always use sunscreen on my face throughout the year. Her skin at 66 looks amazing.

    • Nita

      I would love to try Esse!!! My skincare tip is to use a good sunblock daily and to exfoliate weekly.

      I make my own balm for winter with tallow, lavender and copaiba essential oils, amazing for dry skin and great as a night balm.

  17. Stephanie Morton

    Drink lots of water & wear sunscreen. Love this… Your 3 week result is amazing ❤️

    • Stephanie

      My skin care tip is definitely drink enough water to keep skin hydrated specially in winter when we inclined not to drink as much due to the cold

  18. Toni Jo Brodie

    My best skincare tip would be that products are important but so is hydration – so make sure you are drinking enough water and keeping hydrated.

    Always looking for a local, environmentally friendly product, these look fantastic!

  19. Jana McGhee

    O goeiste, Hierdie klink te goed om waar te wees!!!
    Ek gebruik al meer as 2 jaar skoon produkte. En soos jy sê met “greenwashing” moet jy maar fyn lees! My nommer 1 tip is drink genoeg water! Skip die spf en bly liewer uit die Son tussen 11 en 2.

  20. Natasha Smith

    Sunblock is my only tip as my skin routine really sucks! Would absolutely love to try these products

  21. Megan schultz

    Wow, I would love to try this. Have been relooking my routine and products. For me skin health is from inside aswell, so a healthy diet and enough water is essential.

  22. Lolly

    Tip number 1-vitamin D is key
    Tip number 2- regular facials can really help with keeping ones skin clean.

  23. Jane Barnard

    My tip: Suid-Afrikaans is gewoonlik goedkoper as ingevoerde velprodukte en werk ook beter vir die klimaat waarin ons leef.

  24. Arianna

    This looks wonderful. My skincare tip is sunblock

  25. Sanmare Kriel

    I can’t wait to try this as my sister in law have spend thousands on skincare and since she moved to Esse I could see the difference. Looks like the product speaks for itself!

  26. Debbie Kets

    Pick me, pick me 😊

    Drink lots of water is my tip

  27. Julie Jones

    Wearing a hat while in the sun is a must!

  28. emlyn thomas

    Put lotion on first, then the oil of your choice on top of that! The oil will lock in the moisture and seal it!

  29. Liz Browne

    Drink plenty of water daily and exfoliate your skin gently twice a week!

  30. Samantha Wright

    Oohh these products sound perfect!! My one go to skincare tip of all else fails is sunscreen everyday!

  31. Nicole

    Skincare tip – drink plenty of water every day and always apply sunblock x

  32. Liza Human

    Thank you for informative blog. I love natural skin care options but also remind myself that beauty comes from inside. Eat nutritional food and fill your heart of the word of God

  33. Tessa Perrett

    Sunscreen daily is my one non-negotiable!

  34. Helge-Mari Rainier

    Apply moisturizer with wet hands to help absorption

    • Paige Bow

      I have realised the importance of drinking a sufficient amount of water & eating enough nutritious food is for one’s skin! We all race to apply products and forget a simple must do! Not only does it benefit your skin but also your overall health. (Also spf, even if you’re at home in your pjs on a zoom meeting!) 🤭💧

  35. Hané

    My go to remedy for scars and blemishes:
    Australian Tea tree oil! Good quality 20% blend. I have sensitive skin.
    I had neck surgery Augustus 2021 – 1 year later my 15cm scar is barely 😃

  36. Kelly Williams

    My TOP tip is facial massage. When applying your products (especially a lovely oil at night) take some time to massage your face. There are loads of free tips on the “how” online. It really does help with lymphatic drainage and improve overall appearance.

    Would absolutely love to try the oil in this package on my face.

  37. Lauren

    Water, enough sleep and as little alcohol and caffeine as possible

  38. Renate Kruger

    I stopusing any make-up when on vacation, that helps my skin to breathe for that week or four!

  39. Caitlin von Berg

    Our external routine needs to be supported by our internal routine- lots of water, balanced diet and exercise. My skin struggles when I have too much sugar!


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